If it were up to me, it could remain Hammond Stadium forever.
Anybody who, after 34 years of watching county commissioners squabble, just gets up, walks out of a meeting, goes down the hall and turns in his resignation, merits some sort of special recognition.
But it's not up to me so the name of Lee County's former deputy county administrator and parks leader Bill Hammond seems destined to come off the Minnesota Twins' spring training home.
In its place will go the name of someone willing to follow the lead of JetBlue, which paid to puts its name on the Boston Red Sox facility a few miles down the road.
There is no shortage of fitting candidates.
Arthrex, a big player in Collier and Lee County business circles, manufactures devices designed to shorten the recovery time after surgery. Is there a more fitting name to put on the stadium of a team with star pitchers Carl Pavano and Matt Capps on the disabled list?
With a record of 44 wins and 59 loses, 12 games out of first place in their division, only divine intervention will allow the Twins make the playoffs. Maybe Ave Maria University will step up and deliver the Hail Mary the team needs. As an added bonus, the Twins' minor league affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle would get to play in the same stadium.
Some of the most revered names in baseball stadiumdom come from sponsorship arrangements with breweries. Busch Stadium. Coors Field. Miller Park. Some of the least revered too. Remember Land Shark Stadium?
In recent weeks, a couple of upstart Southwest Florida breweries have moved forward with plans to make and market local beers. What better way to get them off the ground than to put their name on a ballpark?
All they need to do is come up with a name for a beer that spring training fans can relate to. Sunburn Pale Ale Stadium. Snowbird Amber Bock Park.
Stadium naming is all about advertising and so is Cape Coral's ubiquitous Kia dealer, Billy Fuccillo. You might have to make the sign bigger to accommodate him, but how about HUUUUUUUUGE-AH Field?
Agriculture is one of the legs upon which the Southwest Florida economy stands.
An appropriate stadium name would broadcast that fact across the country as Minnesota's spring training games are aired on radio and television.
"Here we are at Tomato Field where the Yankees take on the Twins on a gorgeous March afternoon."
Or, "Welcome to the Pepper Patch for today's matchup featuring the Red Sox versus their crosstown rivals."
Newspapers have been known to attach their names to stadiums. For proof look no farther north than Hillsborough County, where you'll find the Tampa Bay Times Forum nee St. Pete Times Forum.
One possible name would put this newspaper's name on the stadium arch and at the same time serve as a reminder of one of the region's most notorious political episodes. Stadium Naples Daily News.